Lust, Vengeance and Non-stop Action.
Mike Harmon's commando-quality retainers agree: their leader, code-named Ghost, is a peculiar one. An ex-Navy-SEAL, there is no stronghold he cannot penetrate, no target he can't take out. But Ghost is also a man struggling to keep the animal inside at bay and his twisted sexual desires satisfied with a rock-hard integrity and incredible force of will. Now Harmon and his militia have been hired to rescue the daughter of a powerful political mover in America, kidnapped into the Eastern Europe sex trade. Welcome to the Balkan Route: a notorious pathway for human trafficking carved with blood and brutality and passing through Serbia and Montenegro, Croatia, Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kosovo to the heart of darkness itself: sexual snuff houses where powerful politicians pay to rape and murder young women for kicks. Turns out some of those politicians hail from Washington, D.C. But now the Route is about to be re-Routed, and the balance of power is about to shift dramatically - to the smoking muzzle of one very angry ex-SEAL's M-4.Sometimes it takes a bad man to destroy an even more terrible evil. And the baddest of them all is Ghost. They'll be sorry they made his girls cry.
John Ringo, veteran of the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne and five time New York Times bestseller with over a million books in print, delivers another blockbuster military techno-thriller with the latest entry in his ''Ghost'' saga.
©2006 John Ringo (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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"Disturbing at times but a fun read overall"
I would recommend this to my friends who enjoy military science fiction. It's hard bitten and tough to the point I doubt the dyed in the wool fantasy or non-military sci-fi fan will really go for this. I would recommend for fans of Vince Flynn or other international espionage fans as this i more akin to that genre in my mind.
I enjoyed the character named Mikhail. He is a minor character in the story but reminds me of so many people I know in the military, the small town or back woods kind of guy who has a very strong moral compass, very honorable, grounded, solidly raised in a close knit community.
"Really good read"
It's a story that holds on to you. and by the end you really want the bad guys dead.
Probably not, Once was enough
The action in Ringo's books is always good.
He is not the best narrator but not the worse either.
I read a review of one of the books in this series where the reader said the plot of that particular book did not seem "plausible". OK first question did any of this seem "plausible" to you? No in fact it is so implausible it's laughable. Saying this I do enjoy the books. They seem to be every school boy's wetdream of what being a military hero is all about, which it's NOT virgins throwing themselves at you. I am fairly certain that is not happening... The books are just funny.
"Much better than I thought it would be"
This is one that has much less graphic sex/rape scenes in it although there are ones with young virgin teenage girls but that's not bad because its not really rape and things are pretty different in those parts of the world.
This book follows the recovery of a missing daughter of some powerful political person in America but things take strange turns before the end of the book.
Mike has a whole militia now and they are trained better than most in the world and he takes them to Europe and does some killing, this whole series has been good so far and this book having much less of the graphic sex/rape stuff its much better.
There is a whole lot of turns in this story and it really does keep you guessing, I cant see a reason to stop if you have read this far and liked the story.
"Ten out of Five, Thats how much I enjoyed it"
hell can wait
ira intrusion, i enjoyed the read and story line
i enjoyed most of them
a great read
"The story continues"
Paladin of Shadows is turning out to be fantastic series and a must read for any John Ringo fans.
After listening to Ghost and Kildar; I have just purchased the rest of the series. The books follow on like in the Legacy of the Aldenata series.
Great fun, fast paced action with an epic story line but thought provoking as well, with interesting details about different styles of military force organisation, Special Forces tactics and strategy, geopolitics and terrorism, espionage, cutting edge military technologies, even ancient warrior history and beer brewing…!
While not hard Science fiction when compared to his later books, this series introduces many of the themes and big ideas that he develops in latter books like the Troy Rising series and in the Last Centurion, also passing references to the ideas of the great Robert A Heinlein.
Military and Adventure SF fans will certainly enjoy this as will all fans of more traditional military authors like Chris Ryan and Andy McNab, Tom Clancy and Patrick Robinson also those who enjoy Adventure and Thriller writers like Wilbur Smith, Larry Bond, Stephen Coonts, Dale Brown, Matthew Reilly.
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